You need to make sure that you are able to switch up the lenses every now and then in order for you to be able to get different kinds of angles for the images that you are trying to bring together. You will basically need to start off with about two lenses. The first lens is something that will be able to address the need for you to take some well angled group photos. The wide angle lens is something that can really work out well for you when it comes to this need. Another lens that will definitely come in handy would be a telephoto lens. You will need to come up with some close up photos during the wedding ceremony and there will be instances wherein you will not be allowed to be right next to the altar inside the church. A telephoto lens will really be able to address something like that so you need to make sure that it is a part of your arsenal when it all comes down to it.
Get to know the maid of honor and of the best man.
You need someone to consult regarding wedding photography when the bride or groom aren’t available during the actual wedding day. Ask the bride for the contact info of these people and of the other possible key players in the wedding so that it won’t be that hard to get into a smooth working relationship with them the moment that the couple aren’t available to answer any of your questions during the wedding. The entire event is around them, after all. People are going to be all over them and they won’t really have a lot of free time in between transitions to cater to you or your inquiries so this sort of support system will really get to help you see things through and help you really get the job done well when it all comes down to it.
If you want the dress to stay white in the pictures, then you need to do something about it.
The white wedding dress problem has always hounded Seattle wedding photography. The camera has the tendency to perceive the white wedding dress as a spot of brightness that needs to be fixed and it can make the dress come out dull and gray and that is not something that you should be aiming for. There is a way to address that though. All you need to do is to make sure that you are able to figure out the positive exposure compensation settings of your camera and that should get the job done. The wedding dress is something that is extremely important to the bride and you need to make sure that you are really able to showcase it in the best possible light.
Get a second camera for your wedding photography shoot no matter what happens.
Even if it is something that’s hard to do, you still need to get the second camera issue covered. You can borrow or lease one in the meantime until you are able to afford to buy your own second camera.
Documentary wedding photography comes with many names but it all means the same
Sometimes it is referred to as the photojournalistic approach, the reportage approach, and so on and so forth. This kind of photography style for weddings is something that is more free flowing and something that is more natural looking compared to the usual traditional wedding photography style that most people are used to seeing in the past. Documentary wedding photography is something that basically aims to tell a story through the correlation of the pictures being taken. The wedding photographer tends to rein in a lot more artistic liberties and freedom for creativity compared to traditional wedding photography. Your role as the official wedding photographer is basically to just be the spectator behind the camera lens who is there to document the moments that happen during the wedding photo shoot.
Get to know the couple
The first step to properly documenting a wedding in this particular photography style is for you to make sure that you are really able to take time out of your day to get to know the bride and the groom that you are covering the wedding for. Ask as many questions that you need to ask for as long as they are questions that are more or less related to or have something to do about wedding photography. You will need to know the kind of vision that the couple has for the pictures that are to be taken at some point or so. What kind of theme would they like to have for the wedding photo shoot? Is there some kind of plot or story board that they would like you to go after? You also need to know about any practices or traditions that they would like you to observe during the wedding. Although documentary wedding photography is considered to be somewhat “on the fly” or “whatever goes” type of thing, you will still need some type of sequence that you will be able to follow through on one way or the other. Make sure that you are able to consult with the bride and groom when you are in the process of writing up the sequence for the documentary wedding photography shoot.
Lean how to anticipate the moments before they happen.
This is basically the hardest thing that you will have to deal with in documentary wedding photography. You don’t necessarily need to be clairvoyant (because it’s impossible). You do need to at least know all of the right body movement indicators and social cues that technically lead up to that particular moment that needs to be documented in the photos that you take though. It won’t always be easy at first but over time and practice, you will eventually get the hang of things one way or the other. As a documentary wedding photographer, look out for obvious indicators such as signs of laughter, touching, deep conversation, or raw emotions such as happiness and so on because this will make it so much easier for you to pre-empt the moments before they actually happen.
Dress to blend in with the rest of the people that you are trying to take photographs of during the event photography service. It is important for you to make sure that you are able to really dress yourself well during an event photography job because people usually come in really dressed, sometimes even in costumes, and unless you want to stick out like a sore thumb, you need to be able to present yourself well. Go for clothes that blend in and that don’t stand out. You need to pull off a professional look without really overdoing anything. Go with colors that are either neutral or dark because those are the most visually appealing ones. It would also be smart if you talk to your clients and ask them what the dress code is in the first place. If what they are organizing is a themed party, then you should at least put in some effort to dress like the rest of the guests as well.
What you need to understand about event photography is that people aren’t there to be with you.
This may sound harsh but it’s true. They’re there for the event, not to spend quality time with the event photographer. Use other people’s time sparingly. They don’t want to spend a whole lot of time with you, after all. Most of the guests are usually eager to see what’s going on inside the event so that is something that you need to be considerable about at the end of the day. A pretty good rule of thumb to go with is for you to make sure that you stick to three clicks per person or per scene and then move on to the next. Anything more than that and you will notice people starting to get a tad bit impatient and wondering how long it’s going to last. Keep it short and sweet and it should get the job done just fine.
Don’t overshoot the event and deliver fast on your promised turnaround time.
Event photography is all about impressing your clients so that you could get repeat bookings and referrals. You need to work on your turnaround time making sure that you are able to follow through on your promised deadline. If you can over deliver on the turnaround time of the finished products, then that would be even so much better. Overshooting will complicate things for you in such a way wherein you will be wasting extra time on trying to understand which photos you will need to discard and which ones you are keeping. This is not the kind of problem that you would have to face if you stick to the basic three-click rule.
Take photos of the event venue before it actually starts.
Event organizers usually spend a lot of time trying to set up how the entire place will look like. Try to come into the event venue early well ahead of everyone else so that you can take photos of the place and all of the other little details that make it up because things will look different once people start coming in.
Wedding photographers should understand the concept of natural light changing depending on the weather, the time of the day, and other contributing circumstances in the process. Natural light is extremely fickle and ever changing and that is just something that you will need to know ahead of time. A lot of things can affect natural light. It is not always the same. A lot of things can vary greatly and it all depends on the contributing factors at the very moment that you are shooting the pictures. This means that you will have to really stay on your feet and think on your toes as much as possible. Natural light is technically difficult to perfect but that does not mean that you will not have some kind of success with it if you go for it one way or the other. it will always be different in a sense of so but when it all comes down to it, it can actually be a good thing for as long as you are able to more or less manipulate things to your advantage.
Change your point of view about bad natural light and good natural light.
Wedding photographers should not be too quick to discriminate on the different kinds of natural lighting. A lot of people really can be too quick to judge natural light as good natural light or bad natural light but the truth of the matter is that there really is no such thing. When it all comes down to it, it really depends on the kind of look and effect that you are going for. If you want something that is striking and impactful, then the best kind of natural light for you to go for would be during high midday. If you want something a little more romantic and a bit magical, then you should aim for the sunset hours wherein everything is washed aglow with the golden hues of the setting sun just streaming through the entire horizon. Again, all kinds of natural light are actually good and they all have their good points. It mostly depends on you and on how you use them and how your make them work for the photos that you are taking when it all comes down to it.
The best of the wedding photographers out there also try to observe natural light every chance they get.
Natural light is tricky to deal with because there are so many layers that come along with it at the end of the day and this is something that you will really need to take into account. Try to take any chance that you can get to really observe natural light in different situations. This is the only way for you to more or less get closer to being able to perfect it and make it work for you and for your wedding photography project at some point or so.
Wedding photographers experiment with natural light all the time.
Check out how they translate into actual photos at the end of the day. Do your practice shots as much as possible and check out how natural light turns out in the photos that you are taking.
You need to scope out the venue of the wedding photography shoot before the wedding day itself.
This is a common practice in wedding photography and should definitely be something that you should observe if you can help it. Take the time to really check out the venue so that you can more or less familiarize yourself with the place. You need to know the venue pretty much like the back of your hand. You will be better able to position yourself in all of the right angles and places if you do so. Another smart approach to this would be for you to visit the venue at the same time of the day that the wedding is happening. This will give you a better grasp on how things will turn out for as far as the lighting situation is. You will know where to position people and you will be able to more or less envision the event before it even happens. Do some practice shots so that you can observe how the photos turn out. Practice always makes perfect, after all. Bring the couple along with you so that you can get a dry run of how they will get to pose during the actual wedding day.
Don’t make the mistake of not having the bridals shoot as all.
The bridals shoot is probably the next most important shoot after the actual wedding day shoot so make sure that you give this enough time and the kind of attention that it deserves. Squeezing in the bridals shoot on the same day as with the wedding day is not something that you should be doing if you want to make sure that you are able to get things right in the first place. Over time, as you get better at things, you will be able to get both done all in the same day but only because you have the advantage of experience and expertise on your side. However, until you are able to get both of those (which you won’t have at last in your first few years in wedding photography) on your side, then you should stick to getting the bridals done on a completely different day altogether.
Keep an open mind when dealing with religious differences at work.
The moment that you let your religious views interfere with your career as a wedding photographer, you start losing out on clients and possible booking opportunities so keep things separated as much as possible. Keep your personal views to yourself and stay as professional as you possibly can all throughout the event. Keep things professional and this shouldn’t be that much of a problem for you. People have rights to their own religious views and the sooner you are able to digest that, the better it will be for you and for your career.
Bring an emergency wedding kit for the wedding photography shoot.
You just need a few pins, a roll or so of sticky tape, a bottle of stain remover, and maybe a hanger for the wedding dress.
Enroll in a photography course that will help you improve in your wedding photography skills.
If there is one particular wedding photography investment that is definitely worth all of the money that you are going to spend on it at some point or so, it would have to be the aspect of getting formal training in your trade. It is the perfect way for you to be able to get ahead of the competition at some point or so and you should definitely consider it if you haven’t done so just yet. This is something that you will need to seriously think about and assess in the beginning though because when it all comes down to it, this is something that will cost you a considerable amount of money so you really need to exercise a good amount of caution before you go ahead and jump on anything. Research the specifics that the course has to offer you somehow. Look at the background of the teacher who will be conducting the classes. It should be somebody who has a veritable reputation in the industry of professional photography. You want someone who has been there and done that and someone who can really give you the hands on kind of mentoring that you need to help you grow your career in wedding photography.
Do not be picky with the projects that you get at first.
Get as much experience as you can in wedding photography. The truth of the matter is that because of the fact that you are just starting out with your wedding photography business, you will not be booking as many clients as you would like to. You will not be getting most glamorous and the most prestigious of bookings at first and that is all fine. You will eventually find your place and build up your pipeline in the long run. At this point in time and at this phase in your career, it would be best if you just go ahead and take whatever you can get your hands on one way or the other. You will get your choice pickings in the long run but as for now, just don’t be choosy with what you get. Instead, gain as much experience as you possibly can because when it all comes down to it, every little bit really does help for as far as experience is concerned.
Get a job on the side to help support you while you are still growing your business.
It helps if you are earning from a somewhat different source other than relying everything on your wedding photography business alone. Getting a job that will cover your basic needs will help you keep off all of that nervous energy from having to make ends meet at the end of the month. It is something that will also get to keep your mind off of things all throughout the time that you are still pretty much waiting out your next big break for your wedding photography projects.
You will get more no’s than yes’ while you are starting out.
It’s all a bit of a numbers game so brace yourself for failure at first because things will get better.
Get all of your gear together as a wedding photographer.
Your gear is your most important asset. When it all comes down to it, you will not be able to take you’re the photos that you will need to deliver in the first place. If you have been so passionate about photography for quite a while now up to a point wherein you are seriously thinking about making a career out of it, then there is a pretty good chance that you already have at least one high quality camera in good working condition. All that you will need to worry about is the second camera that will serve as your backup for those times wherein your main camera might break time and you are caught smack right in the middle of shooting a wedding photography event. You will also need a tripod and light stands for all of those times wherein you will need to shoot in situations that have low light settings.
You will need an army of memory cards and batteries that are well maintained, well stored, and fully charged (the batteries) at all times. You will also need to make sure that you get a high quality camera bag that will get to store all your family gear. You will need to be able to bring everything together while at the same time make sure that everything is protected from the elements or from rough handling. You will need a couple or so of specialty lenses such as a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens. You will need both of them for the wedding photography shoot but if you find them a little too costly since you are just starting out on your career, then you should get something fairly midrange that will still be able to get the job done without having you end up breaking the bank.
Get as much experience as you possibly can.
You will not get too many offers in the beginning because you are still virtually unknown in the wedding photography world but what you can be quite rest assured of is the fact that things will get better one way or the other. It might not happen right then and there. You might not be able to book the most glamorous of projects at first (or any projects at all) and that’s fine. Learn as much as you can and get the kind of experience that you need in order for you to be able to springboard your career towards the direction that you would like it to be in someday. It’s all in the little baby steps.
Create a blog as a wedding photographer first before you launch a business.
A wedding photography blog is one of the most important marketing platforms that you will ever get your hands on as a wedding photographer so work on this as soon as you get settled in. the more traffic you are able to get, the more chances you get for exposure.